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Note that constituency maps currently show 2016 results. These maps have been left in place for the time as a visual aid to the area covered by each constituency. Updated versions for 2021 will be added in due course – there’s a lot to get through!

Region Overview

Stretching from coast to coast, South is  includes all of both East and South Ayrshire, the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway. It also covers most of East Lothian, a southern chunk of Midlothian around Penicuik and Gorebridge, plus the rural Clydesdale part of South Lanarkshire. The original 1999 version didn’t have the Kilmarnock area, instead having a part of North Ayrshire around Irvine, and it also had slightly less of the Midlothian and Clydesdale areas.

This is perhaps the region that best exemplifies how,  as much as AMS is an improvement over pure FPTP, it can still give just really geographically bizarre electoral areas. The eastern and western components of the region are pretty poorly linked to one another, bound only by the vague geography of being southern. One side looks to Edinburgh (and Newcastle), whilst the other connects with Glasgow (and Carlisle).

There are, at least, some demographic similarities, with the rural farming interior common to Galloway, Dumfriesshire and the Borders, mining was historically common to both Midlothian and Ayrshire, and fishing dominating coastal Galloway the same way it did Berwickshire.

By the end of the 20th century, Labour were the party to beat in Mid and East Lothian as well as the mining communities in Clydesdale and southern Ayrshire, whilst the Conservatives held sway over the more affluent town of Ayr itself, Dumfriesshire and Galloway. Completing the picture were the strongly Liberal Democrat Borders, rooted in David Steel’s remarkable 1965 by-election victory in Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles.

In the 1997 Conservative wipeout, Labour came to hold Dumfriesshire and Ayr, whilst the SNP nabbed the Galloway seat. That can feel like a surprise these days, with the south broadly being seen as the most strongly pro-Union part of the country, but voters have complex identities, which have shifted over time.

The first election to the new Parliament looked just like that 1997 election in terms of constituency seats, with the SNP taking Galloway, the Lib Dems those two Borders seats, and Labour the other six. PR would ensure Conservative strength was shown with four regional seats, whilst the SNP took the other three. Notably, however, the first ever Holyrood by-election was held less than a year later in Ayr. Labour had only won by 25 votes, and the Conservatives won the first parliamentary constituency in Scotland since their defeat three years previously.


6 Labour (all Constituency)
4 SNP (3 Regional, 1 Constituency)
4 Conservative (all Regional)
2 Liberal Democrat (all Constituency)

In addition to keeping the hold on Ayr after their by-election success, the Conservatives regained the Galloway and Upper Nithsdale seat from the SNP, mirroring their success there at the 2001 UK Election. As they won two seats on the list whilst the SNP held steady on three, that put the Conservatives second overall. Meanwhile the Rainbow Parliament lived up to its name in the South, with both a Green and SSP MSP elected.


5 Labour (all Constituency)
4 Conservative (2 Constituency, 2 Regional)
3 SNP (all Regional)
2 Liberal Democrat (all Constituency)
1 Green (Regional)
1 SSP (Regional)

The Conservatives continued to gain constituencies at this election, unseating the Lib Dems from the Roxburgh and Berwickshire seat, though all else remained as was. That led to a direct trade on the lists to leave both parties on the same overall seat total. Meanwhile, the dissipating rainbow saw both the Greens and SSP booted out, with those two seats instead finding their way to the SNP.


5 Labour (all Constituency)
5 SNP (all Regional)
4 Conservative (3 Constituency, 1 Regional)
2 Liberal Democrat (1 Constituency, 1 Regional)

Substantial boundary changes at this election combined with the SNP surge and Lib Dem collapse to dramatically change the constituency winners. The SNP gained four constituencies, leaving Labour with just Dumfriesshire and East Lothian. They also defeated the last Lib Dem Borders MSP, and with a much reduced vote share, the latter were left with just their single regional seat. The Conservatives held all of their constituencies but lost their last list seat, whilst Labour gained two, the SNP holding the other four.


8 SNP (4 Constituency, 4 Regional)
4 Labour (2 Constituency, 2 Regional)
3 Conservative (all Constituency)
1 Liberal Democrat (Regional)

What was already quite remarkable Conservative success at the last election was particularly evident in the South, where they came within 6% of the SNP on the list vote, the closest margin of any region. The effect on constituencies was relatively muted however, with just a transfer of Dumfriesshire from Labour to Conservative hands. However, it did mean the Conservatives gained two regional seats, whilst the SNP dropped one and the Lib Dems fell below the Greens, who got close but not close enough to repeating their 2003 success here.


7 SNP (4 Constituency, 3 Regional)
6 Conservative (4 Constituency, 2 Regional)
3 Labour (2 Regional, 1 Constituency)

Region Map

Overall Regional Result 2021

Regional List Vote and MSPs Elected


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Constituency Vote

Total MSPs Elected


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Ayr

2021 Results

2021 MSP & Majority


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2021 Candidates

SNP: Siobhan Brown
Conservative: John Scott
Labour: Esther Clark
Liberal Democrat: Jamie Ross
Scotia Future: Chic Brodie

Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley

2021 Results

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SNP: Elena Whitham
Conservative: Sharon Dowey
Labour: Carol Mochan
Liberal Democrat: Kirsten Herbst-Gray

Clydesdale

2021 Results

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SNP: Màiri McAllan
Conservative: Eric Holford
Labour: Claudia Beamish
Liberal Democrat: Amanda Kubie

Dumfriesshire

2021 Results

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SNP: Joan McAlpine
Conservative: Oliver Mundell
Labour: Colin Smyth
Liberal Democrat: Richard Brodie

East Lothian

2021 Results

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SNP: Paul McLennan
Conservative: Craig Hoy
Labour: Martin Whitfield
Liberal Democrat: Euan Davidson

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

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SNP: Paul Wheelhouse
Conservative: Rachael Hamilton
Labour: Ian Davidson
Green: Barbra Harvie
Liberal Democrat: Jenny Marr
Independent: Jesse Rae

Galloway and West Dumfries

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SNP: Emma Harper
Conservative: Finlay Carson
Labour: Archie Dryburgh
Green: Laura Moodie
Liberal Democrat: Iain McDonald

Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley

2021 Results

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SNP: Willie Coffey
Conservative: Brian Whittle
Labour: Kevin McGregor
Liberal Democrat: Stephen McQuistin
Libertarian: Stef Johnstone

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale

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SNP: Christine Grahame
Conservative: Shona Haslam
Labour: Katherine Sangster
Green: Dominic Ashmole
Liberal Democrat: AC May
Vanguard Party: Michael Banks

Regional List Candidates 2021

  1. Emma Harper
  2. Joan McAlpine
  3. Paul Wheelhouse
  4. Màiri McAllan
  5. Richard Walker
  6. Heather Anderson
  7. Siobhan Brown
  8. Stacy Bradley
  9. Paul McLennan
  10. Ali Salamati
  11. Stephen Thompson
  12. Laura Brennan-Whitefield
  1. Oliver Mundell
  2. Rachael Hamilton
  3. Craig Hoy
  4. Brian Whittle
  5. Sharon Dowey
  6. Shona Haslam
  7. Finlay Carson
  8. Scott Hamilton
  9. Alex Allison
  10. Eric Holford
  11. Alexandra Herdman
  12. John Denerley
  1. Colin Smyth
  2. Carol Mochan
  3. Martin Whitfield
  4. Claudia Beamish
  5. Kevin McGregor
  6. Katherine Sangster
  7. Ian Davidson
  1. Laura Moodie
  2. Barbra Harvie
  3. Dominic Ashmole
  4. Kath Malone
  5. Charles Strang
  6. Ciara Campbell
  7. Peter Barlow
  8. James K Puchowski
  9. Tristan Gray
  1. Catriona Bhatia
  2. Jenny Marr
  3. Richard Brodie
  4. AC May
  5. Euan Davidson
  6. Amanda Kubie
  7. Kirsten Herbst-Gray
  1. Cynthia Guthrie
  2. Corri Wilson
  3. Suzanne Blackley
  4. Laurie Flynn
  1. George Galloway
  2. Jamie Blackett
  3. Bruce Halliday
  4. Jim Grindlay
  5. Kirsteen Michell
  6. Elspeth Grindlay
  7. Malcolm MacDonald
  1. Michelle Ballantyne
  2. David Kirkwood
  3. James Corbett
  4. William Luke
  1. Richard Elvin
  2. Julia Searle
  3. Patricia Mountain
  4. Patricia Bryant
  5. Nick Hollis
  6. David Blaymires
  1. John Ferguson
  2. Simon Bellord
  1. Mandy Blackman
  2. Amanda McConechy
  3. Gillian Jamieson
  4. Joy Rivett-Gill
  1. Maxwell Dunbar
  1. Chic Brodie
  1. Charles McEwan
  2. Dorothy Yost
  3. Sophie Hendry
  4. Theresa Gavin
  5. Elizabeth Fabisiak
  1. Michael Banks